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Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

1. Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

Meet your guide at Jesuit's College of Funchal, Madeira University to begin this 2-hour guided walking tour of Funchal. Learn how the history of Madeira and Funchal shaped the city centre as you visit the most important points of interest. Travel down the 19th century public walkway between the Municipal Theatre and the Cathedral, where sugarcane was first planted in Madeira, during the 15th century. Explore the city’s medieval heart dating from the Golden Age of Sugar and discover the beautiful 17th century religious monuments. Visit the ruins of the old Pilory Square and other remnants from past floods and the area damaged by the Great Fire of Funchal in 1584. This tour helps to support students at the University of Madeira who are facing financial difficulties.  

Funchal: Wine and Sugar Walking Tour

2. Funchal: Wine and Sugar Walking Tour

Join a former student of the University of Madeira, or a volunteer of the university's Erasmus Madeiran Heritage program, and get fascinating explanations about the cultural history of the island and its importance to the historical trade routes of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Learn more about some of the famous visitors to Madeira and what they contributed to the island. Explore the wine-making industry and its impact on global history, and visit emblematic buildings, such as the 15th-century Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. Go to the Old Customs House, built at the height of Madeira's importance to the sugar industry, and discover one of the oldest tourist centers.

Funchal: Living Culture Tour

3. Funchal: Living Culture Tour

Discover the city of Funchal on the island of Madeira on a staged tour performed by young local actors. At the Jesuits College in Funchal, watch as a Jesuit priest shows us his pupils' school. Following the scent of the sugar cane honey cake, meet with one of the nuns from Santa Clara's convent who invented the Madeiran dessert. The sweets need sugar and its biggest producer was João Esmeraldo, a good friend of Columbus. Learn about privateers like Bertrand de Montluc, who gained their fame through treasures coming from the sugar trade. To defend Funchal, the master Mateus Fernandes reinforced the city walls, from the Customs House to the fortress of São Lourenço. Madeira wine is shipped all over the world from cellars on the west side of Funchal. Listen as two winemakers enjoy a moment of rest in the beautiful Municipal Garden. Madeira is a nature lovers´ paradise and its climate helps curing lung diseases and attracts tourists. After the tour, return to the Jesuits College, which — surprise — will have turned to a military school and then to an university.

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What people are saying about Jesuit College of Funchal

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 717 reviews

Katarzyna was an excellent guide! She was very knowledgeable and easy to understand! We loved that she was willing to change the plan a little here and there (like when we wanted to stop for a poncha!). We stayed in Old Town and this tour was a great way for us to get our bearings and really know the area. 10/10 would recommend to others!

We were the only ones who walked through the city center with our guide. It was very entertaining, informative, and we learned things that we didn't know before. All in all I would recommend the tour to everyone, it gives you first impressions and information about Funchal and Madeira

Although this was our second time here in Funchal, we got to know a lot of new things and also a little bit of history, which we really liked, but in a small group

We really enjoyed the walking tour and had an excellent and communicative guide. We can only recommend this activity.

Good paced walk full of fun facts given by volunteers to raise money for a great cause! Well worth the money :)